Working holiday in the middle of Keswick in the English Lake District

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02/07/2015

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  • Description

    Description

    HOUSE HELPER - start at the end of August / beginning of September and stay until mid December
    GENERAL MAINTENANCE PERSON - start at the end of August / beginning of September and stay until mid December

    Join this small family business (holiday cottages and Bed & Breakfast) located about 2 minutes walk from the centre of Keswick.

    We have about 3 acres of woodland, garden, river (with fishing rights) and vegetable garden. A dog, cat, chickens, ducks, rabbits, guinea-pigs & geese. Jeronime is a qualified and experienced EFL teacher

    We are a large family so our house is ALWAYS a very busy.
    We love walking the Fells, sailing, climbing, mountain biking, kayaking, canoeing, camping, fishing & BBQs on the Lakeside....and the rain!

    Basically, if you can do it outdoors... you can do it in Keswick, the Adventure Capital of the UK.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    Cooking / shopping
    General Maintenance
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Helping with Tourists
    Other

  • Help

    Help

    We are looking particularly for WorkAways able to start mid July and stay until mid December

    POSITION 1 - HOUSE HELPER
    To be in sole charge of cleaning the family house, laundry, help with the B&B & work in a team cleaning the self-catering cottages. Occasional babysitting.

    POSITION 2 - GENERAL MAINTENANCE
    Gardening, working in the vegetable garden, painting windows, cutting timber.
    You will be working outside and Cumbria can be wet! Come prepared!
    We would also need you to help clean guest accommodation on Saturdays.

    GENERAL
    We require Workawayers with experience, who are organised, conscientious, use time effectively and who can work independently.

    We prefer to offer placements to WorkAways who would like to stay long term...3 months or more.

    We strongly believe that by staying somewhere for a longer period, you make friends, find part-time work and really become part of a community.

    We are happy to be flexible regarding hours/days per week - This is to help you find part time work in Keswick.
    E.g. 3.5 days/25 hours work in a 7 day week. We will ONLY help WorkAways find part-time work IF they plan to stay for a long time e.g. 4 months or more.

    We do pay a little pocket money to help you pay for local buses, cinema and an evening out.

    You MUST be prepared to be independent during your free-time. We have a busy guest house and family so although do try and include WorkAways in our family activities, we do prefer to accept WorkAways who do not rely on us for entertainment.

    Applicants must be 21 years old or over due to employer liability insurance cover.


    APPLICATION
    Please read our Host Listing CAREFULLY.
    Contact us including the following in your message:
    1. Which post you'd like to apply for.
    2. The dates you'd like to arrive and depart
    3. Your experience / qualifications for the post.
    4. Why you'd like to volunteer in Keswick, Cumbria.
    5. Let us know that you have a valid visa and health insurance for your stay.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, French, some German, some Japanese, Arabic

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    YOUR ACCOMMODATION
    A lovely, newly renovated, self-contained cottage just behind Greta Hall:
    One double bedroom
    One double sofa bed-separated from the living area by a curtain.
    Kitchen and Shower room

    The cottage has two wood burning stoves and a electric water heater.
    You are expected to keep your accommodation clean and tidy as this is one of our guest cottages.

    Occasionally, we need to use the Barn Cottage for paying guests. We know about these bookings well in advance and will give you a room in the main house for these periods.

    We will supply you will all the basics foodstuffs and fresh food you need every week.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Keswick has a large international community who are very welcoming.

    There are loads of groups & societies in Keswick (walking, knitting, climbing, kayaking, singing, theatre....) some of which are free/very cheap to join. Most of our WorkAways have taken full advantage of these opportunities and have made very good friends here.

    We have boats and bikes for you to borrow.

    We encourage you to only speak English whilst here. You will find that your English improves much quicker if you do.

    Your WorkAway experience will be as good as the effort you put into it!!

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • ...

    Volunteering hours expected

    25hrs per week


Photos

Our place

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A great walk just down the valley from where we live
Half way round one of our favourite walks
View back towards Keswick from Catbells
We have kayaks & canoes as well as bikes you can borrow for your time off
Lots of little rivers for playing, picnics and fishing
The Barn Cottage - your home in Keswick
The Barn Cottage living room
The Barn Cottage double bedroom
Host ref number: 964952339343

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